GarryB wrote:MIG 35 is very good a/c but problem is not in production as of now and India is going to be in crisis pretty soon as 3 sq of MIG 21, MIG 27 wll be retired this year
The MiG-35 is certainly not in production right now, but in the mean time the MiG-29M2 that the Mig-35 is based on could be produced in the short term... potentially in India if you want to go that way.
AFAIK the MiG-35 the Russian AF are going for is not the same as the one offered to India, so India might want the new version or prefer the design that was submitted to them.... from memory the terms of the original deal was that the maker will provide 16 aircraft and the rest (110) will be assembled in India. Personally I think having the first 16 being MiG-29M2s and the first 55 produced in India (with a production facility upgrade), to be followed by the remaining 55 produced in India being MiG-35 plus upgrade of the 16 Russian produced and 55 Indian produced MiG-29M2s upgraded to 35 level would be a good solution. With the lower cost and local production I would expect another option could be to keep some aircraft simpler and cheaper M2 models for roles that don't require 35 level performance and just make 200 aircraft instead of 126.
Say 30% being 35s and the other 140 being M2s that gradually get 35 upgrades as the technology gets cheaper.
Analysts say the Russians could receive increased orders for SU-30MKI aircraft.
"The Russians may also benefit as additional orders for Sukhoi may be in the offing, given that the plan for buying all 126 Rafale may be scaled down to between 60-90," Bhonsle said. "The deficiency will be made up by additional Su-30 MKI."
"India has not forgotten the Russians and the Fifth Generation Fighter Aircraft will definitely happen," said Ankur Gupta, defense analyst with Ernest & Young.